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How do I get the case open to get something dropped inside.

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Have a look at the manual for this machine, it should tell you.
Just type 7470 in the search box and click search.
On the next page, appears a list with two options. Click on the free download option to download the full instruction manual.
I hope this is helpful for you!

Posted on Sep 17, 2010

  • wingerx5 Sep 18, 2010

    I appreciate the attempt to resolve my problem however this manual you pointed me to is the same one I received with the machine and is practically worthless.

    I called the singer 800 number. They said after you remove the screws and obvious connections there are special pressure points that are required to open the case. They refuse to provide the information saying that if we went inside the case it violates the warranty. I told him that machine is over two years old and I don't care about warranty but they still would not give me the information. They refused to sell me a repair manual, although the nearest Singer repair place is about 300 miles away.

  • r_thomas_304 Oct 16, 2010

    Wow. Winger: A 'guru' sends you to an operators manual ? I applaud your ability to appreciate that. It seems so obvious (to me) that I hesitate to offer this simple suggestion:

    Pick the (thing) up and shake the (other thing) out.

    Pros: obvious(I hope)
    Cons: may require excessive Ppatience,Ppersistence,and Pperseverance
    may require more strength than you have

    Workaround: Enlist aid of one who has more....P,P,P and or strength than you.

    If this is-has been tried without success I will gladly tell you that the 'secret spots' are often hidden under stick on labels. They are likely to be slots,or holes that a small tool is put through in order to push a 'tab' out of the way of a 'catch'. Not clear? Already fixed? Need more? Please Email rogerthomasDOTsewATgmailDOTcom.


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